When I was a kid, reading was my favorite activity – not at all different from now. Like now, I would always find time to read no matter how busy I was. Sometimes that involved multi-tasking, or fighting rising motion sickness in favor of not being able to stop reading on a bus (I totally won that fight), or reading while eating. The famous story is that I once tried to read in the shower, because I figured it couldn’t be much different from reading in the bath. Suffice it to say, that one didn’t go well! I’m completely ecstatic that both of my kids love to read too. Des is still in the learning stages, but Scarlet gets lost in books the way I do. That’s why I love when we can share books – like WordFire Press’ Danielle, Chronicles of a Superheroine.
It’s so hard to talk about the book without giving away spoilers, but I’m pretty good at this. The thing is, the book introduces such fascinating characters within Danielle’s family of four. I can’t help but see a tiny bit of Scarlet in Danielle, but I also see a lot of her in Danielle’s also remarkable sister, Claire. Scarlet is a big sister just like Claire, and interested in music and social justice – just like Claire. The way Danielle and Claire’s parents approach parenting is fascinating to me. They believe in offering a rich environment and a lot of independence and free choice. It’s not exactly the same here, but we do offer our kids a lot of the same, while also being here to guide those choices, make adjustments, and offer help. I love that approach.
Scarlet has also shown a propensity for social justice, whether it’s participating in a 5K for a women’s shelter, discussing candidates with me and accompanying me to the voting booth, and even going to protests and marches with her own handmade signs. I don’t want to squash that initiative – I only want to make it grow. And when we read books like Danielle, Chronicles of a Superheroine – that gives kids and adults the tools to dream and do big things – we are one step closer to a better world. I really believe that. Danielle was already world traveling at a much younger age than both of my kids.
For Danielle, everything is possible. She has a solution that may not fix everything, but it makes starts and waves. From adventures in Libya, to the CMA Festivals, all over the world, holding different titles, and creating solutions, cures, etc. to change the world, you can’t help but think about what she’ll do in her later adult life. That’s right – she makes these waves from pretty much her toddler years. She was even a unique infant! What I love about the book is that it’s a huge “What If” scenario. Like, what if technology and the human mind were progressing like this? What if there was a Danielle in our world, or even our family? What if there were tons? The book says there will be. And offers chapters of ways to make this happen.
While it’s easy to see a little bit of Danielle and Claire in my kids, I really relate to the mother! To have such remarkable children, and to fret about their safety, and about that balance of giving them independence, or holding them close. Danielle especially feels big feelings, and is guided by her parents and sister to learn that even the smallest steps have impact. Like the Danielle Foundation quote: Be Smart, Be Kind. And the Stern School motto is to learn by doing. The story in the book is compelling, as well as the pages and chapters about very specific ways kids today can be like Danielle. Be a Danielle. Inspire your children to dream big, pursue their passions, and be kind to others as they do this along the way!
I love that this book helps me share messages with my daughter – like that anyone can change the world – and they don’t have to be an adult to change the world. We can all learn by doing, and it’s important that my kids care about world issues, so they can help create change. And I really believe it’s important to pursue your passion and dream big. That change is waiting – our children need to know that even if we can’t start big, we can still start small. There is so much good in this book.
Ready to know more? You can pre-order Danielle, Chronicles of a Superheroine right now with this link. It’s a perfect gift and comes with two companion books AND the author’s donation to world charities on behalf of your purchase.
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